Colorado legislature approves “red flag” gun bill

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FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2018 photo, clouds build over the state Capitol in downtown Denver. AP Photo David Zalubowski, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 27, 2018 photo, clouds build over the state Capitol in downtown Denver. Colorado lawmakers convene their 2019 session with Democrats in control of both chambers and Democrat Jared Polis set to take control of the governor’s office on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

A Colorado “red flag” bill authorizing the potential removal of firearms from persons deemed by a court to be in crisis is on its way to the governor’s desk.

Colorado’s House voted 38-25 Monday to approve Senate amendments to the bill. Gov. Jared Polis has pledged to sign it.

The Democrat-sponsored bill would allow family, household members or law enforcement to petition a court to have guns seized from an owner if they believe he or she poses a threat.

A subsequent court hearing could extend a gun seizure up to 364 days.

The bill places the burden of proof on the gun owner to prove that he or she no longer poses a risk in order to get the firearms back.

Minority Republican lawmakers fought furiously against the bill.
 

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